This January marked 24 years since the UK government lifted its ban on LGBT personnel serving in the Armed Forces. Many of those who served prior to 2000 experienced criminalisation, loss of earnings and pensions, and abuse because of their sexuality.

The LGBT Veterans Independent Review, completed by Lord Etherton in July 2023, recommended to the government that a scheme be set up to compensate military personnel who were affected. This review shone a light on the unjust and shameful legacy regarding LGBT personnel in the Armed Forces.

Drawing on lessons learned from the success of Canada’s LGBT Purge Final Settlement Agreement, the panellists will consider how the UK government might deliver swift and fair compensation to veterans who were subject to this discriminatory policy.



The event will be chaired by Ed Hall, author, entrepreneur and political activist.

Joining Instructions

This in-person only members’ event will take place at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET. If you have any questions regarding this event, please email [email protected].

The event will be ‘on the record’, and a recording will be made available after the event has taken place.